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Garland P. Rose, Jr., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE - Vision Statement

Garland P. Rose Jr. 

Garland P. Rose, Jr., P.E., D.WRE, F.ASCE

Biographical Statement 

Responses to Interview Questions 

Podcast Interview 

Q&A with Committee on Younger Members 

Endorsements 

Vision Statement: 

“Put Garland to work!” This was the message from my new employer in 1975 to his ASCE friends in Knoxville, Tennessee. They did. With one job leading to another, within four years, I was elected President of the Knoxville Branch and on the path that led to leadership roles at Section, District, National Committee and Board of Direction levels. Until his death in 2004, my employer always helped me to belong, encouraged me to engage, supported me to lead, and was proud when I prospered. This man was Dan Barge, Jr., ASCE President in 1987 and a beloved mentor to all.

Two roles in my life as a Civil Engineer have had a profound impact on me. The first was my election in 2005 as Chairman of the Board of Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, an architectural, engineering, planning firm. I focused on my new role and initiated several innovations such as consent agenda, executive sessions, and Board summaries, learned from my three-year service on the ASCE Board.

Like ASCE’s 17-member Board, our 15-member Board was comprised of men and women representing different disciplines and roles in the firm. I worked very hard to be inclusive, open, and a good listener, encouraging preparation and participation. I treated each member with respect. These qualities helped me to project a caring, quiet determination for good work. I envision these as relevant qualities to work with the members of the ASCE Board in shaping strategic directions. Upon my retirement in June 2009, our Board honored me with a role of Chairman Emeritus, which I maintain today.

The second role is retirement itself . . . what to do with my time? My vision started with the purchase of a pitching wedge and a fishing pole. My main concern was how to keep from interfering with my wife’s daytime television programs. Then the telephone rang.

Will you chair the 2009-2010 Board Policy Review Committee? Yes! Another call came shortly afterward asking if I would chair the Planning Committee for the Society’s 141st Annual Conference in Memphis, Tennessee, in October 2011. Yes, again! I’ve been put to work! The wedge remains unwrapped and the pole hasn’t gotten near the water.

My vision extended two years out and focused on a theme for the conference and selection of volunteers to fill the job descriptions of the Planning Committee. More calls came within the first year, asking me to serve on the Committee on Annual and Specialty Conferences and chair the new Public Policy Committee. Yes and yes!

In my life’s journey, whenever I confront challenges, I reach for the following three guiding principles of leadership:
• My grandfather taught me that everyone can do at least one thing better than I can. Look for what people do well.
• My minister taught me that the failure to utilize people in their proper positions leads to chaos. Imagine people being in the wrong seat on the bus, or worse, even on the wrong bus (Good to Great by Jim Collins). Encourage and give them support in the right job.
• A client taught me that it’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t mind who gets the credit. Share in the prosperity that results from good work.

These principles have provided me vision to accomplish the tasks facing me. For the last two years, I have had the privilege to work with many inspired volunteer members and dedicated staff.

From Presidential Officers to students and executive staff to assistants, all, as ASCE stakeholders, provide a sense of connection and shared purpose. I envision that this sense is not inspired by just a job . . . but a calling. A calling where each stakeholder can make a contribution and proclaim:
• I will advocate environmental stewardship.
• I will make people’s lives safer and richer by advocating sustainable infrastructure.
• I will teach and let raising the bar begin with me.
• I will provide creative civil engineering solutions that will add value and do extraordinary things for society.
• I will help disadvantaged people at home and in other countries.

At a time when institutions are less popular, I believe ASCE is valued and needed today more than ever. I am willing to place my life’s equity—experience, achievements, relationships, time and conviction—before you and walk shoulder-to-shoulder with you to advance our profession and leave footprints so that others, inspired by what we do, will follow and do more. 

Biographical Statement 

Responses to Interview Questions 

Podcast Interview 

Q&A with Committee on Younger Members 

Endorsements